McCain won't push Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

If he wins the upcoming US presidential election John McCain will take a very different approach to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process than his fellow Republican, President George W. Bush.

Parallel to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bush has made it one of his overriding missions to oversee a final status peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

With only a few months left in office and a transition government currently ruling in Jerusalem, the chances of Bush achieving his goal is slim to nil.

And if McCain wins in November, the Bush vision of a Palestinian Arab state rising on the biblical Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria may be postponed indefinitely.

Israel National News cited two senior McCain advisors as telling a recent foreign policy retreat that pushing through an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal simply won't be a top priority for a McCain administration.

In fact, the advisors said they and their candidate feel it was a mistake for Bush to have so strongly promoted a peace process that with its current players and demands is doomed to failure.

They also said that as president, McCain would discourage, but not prevent, peace talks between Israel and Syria until the latter ceases to be a disruptive force in Lebanon's democratic process.

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